Brisbane, located in Queensland, is a relatively unknown destination within Australia. When you are planning to travel Down Under, most people automatically think of Sydney and Melbourne as their main destinations. However, Brisbane has been paving their ways and attracting more and more visitors each year.
The city is the gateway to the Gold Coast, some stunning hinterlands and also the Great Barrier Reef! Surrounded by oceans and beaches, mountains, a thriving food scene, and cultural activities, there is always a variety of things to do, for everyone alike. And because they are blessed with an incredible subtropical climate, the city is a superb destination all year round.
In this post, I will show you the best things to do alone in Brisbane. From Australia Zoo to amazing walks and nice day trips. Let’s dive in….
Underneath you will find some general information about Brisbane. I always look up some basic information before heading to a city because it just makes travel life so much easier.
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Aussie slang words you should know
Underneath there are some Aussie slang words that might be useful for you when traveling Down Under. Although this is not a necessity, it is still fun to learn some of Australia’s crazy slang.
- G’day – Hello
- How are ya– Greeting, warm welcome
- Arvo- Afternoon
- Catch ya later – Goodbye
- Good on ya – Good job
- Dunno – ” I don’t know “
- Barbie – Barbecue
- Bloody oath – That’s true.
- Beaut – Fantastic, wonderful, the best.
- Buzz off – Go away
- BYO – Bring your own grog/alcohol
- Crikey! – Astonishment, disbelief
- Fair dinkum – True, real, honest
- Fair go – To give somebody a reasonable chance at something; to treat them fairly
Best times to visit Brisbane
Thanks to its sublime subtropical climate, Brisbane is a good place to visit pretty much year-round. Because of its location, it can get pretty humid. On average February is the most humid and September is the least humid. The shoulder seasons (April and May) are probably the best times to visit Brisbane, as the weather is still lovely and mild, but you avoid the thousands of other tourists. The average temperature drops between 15- 25°C (59 – 77°F) and the city experiences low humidity and less rain. This is perfect for exploring the city.
Now that we have gotten the nitty-gritty out of the way, let’s see what there is to see and do in Brisbane.
Getting to the city from the Airport
Brisbane Airport (BNE) links to the city center with a 20-minute ride on the Airtrain for $16 one-way or by CoachTrans with fares of $20 per singles.
Taxis are about $45 – $55 and can be hailed from the taxi rank outside the arrivals hall.
GETTING AROUND in Brisbane
- SeeQ Card is a tourist pass that allows travel on any TransLink bus, train or ferry services.
Purchase is worth $79 for 3-days or $129 for 5-days. This card is ideal if you are traveling and exploring the region including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Logan, and Moreton Bay.
- Go Explore Card is the prepaid, contactless smart card used to pay for fares. Enjoy unlimited travel on any TransLink for $ 10,- a day.
- Taxis. The basic fee is $2.90, the kilometer price is $2.14. They can be found driving around Brisbane pretty much everywhere in the city. If you need to book one, just call 13cabs.
Things to do alone in Brisbane
Underneath just a couple of great things you can do when you are in Brisbane.
Visit South Bank Parklands
This is the place to visit at any time of the day. It has lots of food options for breakfast lunch and dinner. Weekend markets are a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Situated right on Brisbane’s lovely city river makes for a relaxing visit and photographer’s delights.
All close to public transport, car parking and amazing cultural activities, so much to enjoy.
At night the skyline can be seen from Southbank, offering some pretty amazing viewings. I never felt scared in Southbank, so this is fine to visit alone at night as well. There are quite a few people around at all times.
Check out kangaroo point cliffs park
Kangaroo Point can be found on Brisbane River, within walking distance from South Bank. It offers some pretty cool city views.
You will find open-air activities, BBQ areas and one of the most beautiful views of the river and the city. It is also a great place to watch the sunset! This area is a bit further from the city, but it still felt safe, even on my own.
Take a dip at streets beach
Street beach is the perfect place to cool down on a hot summer’s day! This large swimming pool with a sand beach and is free to enter. It is very clean, there are lifeguards on duty and it offers views of the city!
Take a photo at the Brisbane sign
Because, why not! haha… every town or city that I visit, I try to find some sort of landmark sign that you can do a big corny jump in the air shot with and Brisbane does not disappoint in this sense. It is basically just Brisbane spelled out in massive, colorful block letters with the city as its background.
Wander over Victoria Bridge
Another one of Brisbane’s iconic landmarks. If you are a little short on time then I would highly recommend at least trying to tick this off your list, as it doesn’t take too long to walk over and comes with incredible views of the Brisbane River and its amazing city.
Hop on the wheels of Brisbane
Wander the cities botanic gardens
Every city and town in Australia pretty much has its own botanic gardens but Brisbane’s is pretty special. Situated in Mount Coot-tha(Brisbane’s tallest mountain) which in its own right is also stunning -two beauties in one location! did someone say “winning!!”
Check out captain burke park
One of the most beautiful spots in Brisbane is also located at Kangaroo point, so you can climb the bridge, views the cliffs and then come to this gorgeous spot for some rest. You also get some pretty amazing panoramic views of the Brisbane river and story bridge. Sigh – pack a picnic or take your lunch but definitely be sure to pack your camera, because I know there will be some shots worth taking with this one.
This amazing museum documents the natural and cultural patrimony of the state. It first opened in 1862 and recently celebrated its 150th year of service to Brisbanites. General admission is free.
The Gabba refers to the Brisbane Cricket Ground and is a major sports stadium home to the Bulls, Queensland’s state cricket team. Go for a match, or take a stadium tour.
EXCURSIONS | DAY TRIPS
Well because climbing bridges in Australia is a “thing” here and we don’t think you’ve really seen a city properly until you’ve climbed its most popular bridge haha, which in Brisbane’s case is the ever so astonishing, beautiful and iconic Cantilever bridge, situated near another gorgeous spot – Kangaroo point.
Steve’s Irwin’s famous Zoo can be visited from Brisbane. The zoo is located just over a 1-hour drive from Brisbane!
Home to the Crocodile hunter himself, this zoo offers some amazing crock feeding shows, lots of stunning wildlife and provides you with very informative information on conservation. If you are in luck the Irwins are home and participate in one of the shows.
The easiest and safest way to make your way to the zoo will be by organized bus:
Lone pine koala sanctuary
The world’s largest koala sanctuary is a stop that should not be missed! Home to over 130 koala’s, the lone pine koala sanctuary is the place to go to hold a koala!
Easy to walk around, cuddle a koala have your photo taken (this is very popular so you may have to wait a while), pat and feed the many kangaroos or perhaps an emu, spot the platypus, look over the walls at the lizards, wander through the barn – plenty to do for everyone and a lovely day trip.
Glass House Mountains National Park is located about 70 kilometers or one hour’s drive north of Brisbane and are a distinctive landmark in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
The mountains are a beautiful place to watch the sunset and sunrise, not to mention the rock formations and hiking up the mountains. If you are a rock climber then you would love some of the routes around this area. Mt Ngungun is a must-do for sunset but it’s very popular. The caves route on Tibrogargan is an exciting rock scramble but would need to be experienced in climbing.
This island can be found right in Brisbane’s backyard, there’s an island made entirely of sand. It is the third-largest sand island in the world!
The protected sand island is known for its gorgeous beaches and steep dunes. On the west coast, a dive site features coral and tropical fish around a group of sunken boats called the Tangalooma Wrecks. A dolphin feeding spot is nearby. Humpback whales can be viewed from Cape Moreton, the site of a 19th-century lighthouse.
WHERE TO STAY?
During my trip to Brisbane, I stayed at Fleet Lane Apartments. It is located within walking distance of South Bank’s iconic bars, restaurants, and attractions. This apartment complex also offers some stunning views of the cities skyline.
I booked a 2 bedroom apartment with city views. The apartment was nice and clean, and two good size bedrooms with their own bathrooms, a large kitchen and washing facilities.
I really liked the apartment and I would recommend this if you need a central place to live.
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